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May 06, 2013

A Stop-Motion History of Typography

created at: 05/06/2013Graphic designer and media-maker Ben Barrett-Forest made this excellent animated video detailing the history of typography. It's plenty educational, and all kinds of fun to watch:    

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May 02, 2013

The World's Smallest Movie: A Stop-Motion Animation of Individual Atoms

Animation is nothing more than arranging relatively stable things, taking a picture, and then moving and doing it again, frame by frame. Some artists use pen and ink, some clay, some real world objects. This creative team of IBM researchers decided to use atoms. Atoms!? A.… read more

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Apr 25, 2013

The Subculture of Barbershops

Sharpologist - a new site devoted to the art of traditional shaving - explores the subculture of barbershops, those who choose to seek out shaving and grooming practice as an art, rather than a matter of… read more

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Apr 22, 2013

How to Take Great Photos: A Guide for Makers, Crafters, and Artists

created at: 04/22/2013

Whether you make handmade goods to sell online, want to take great images of your creations to pitch to publishers and media, or just want to document your own creative life online, you simply can't get away with crummy photos anymore. In the age of visual-driven social bookmarking and publishing, artists and creatives must not only be comfortable with their own materials and media, but develop basic photography skills to capture their good work to share with the… read more

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Apr 17, 2013

Jaw-Dropper of the Week: Google Street Video Hyperlapse

created at: 04/15/2013

This hyper-lapse Google Street video is one serious ride. Before you press play, make sure to put away any sharps objects near you (just in case you pass… read more

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Mar 27, 2013

Bottled History: Crafting a Ship in a Bottle from Scratch

created at: 05/28/2013

I love this peak inside the studio and process of Ray Gascoigne, a 60-year veteran and master   craftsman of ships in bottles.

created at: 03/27/2013

He's worked as a shipwright and a merchant sailor, and now designs, carves, and creates his stunning pieces completely from scratch, with just a few tools. Oh, and he looks like… read more

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Jan 30, 2013

A Woodworking Robot that Carves Furniture with a Chainsaw

For Passagen 2013 (Interior Design Week in Cologne), Berlin-based company Echtwald has teamed up wit Kkaarrlls to create this: a robot who cuts stackable stools from tree trunks with a chainsaw.

Is there more that needs to be said? Well, yeah,… read more

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Jan 28, 2013

Why "Gut Churn" Is an Essential Part of the Creative Process

created at: 01/28/2013

You know that ball of anxiety... that little, knotted wad of uncertainty and woe that churns your insides whenever you in the various states of a creative project? 

That's a good thing. … read more

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Jan 09, 2013

Denim Mythbusters: What You Should Never Do to Good Jeans

created at: 01/09/2013

If you're interested in purchasing one or two long-lasting quality style pieces instead of a closet full of single-seasons, you've probably heard some of the myths about selvedge denim. Like, that you should never wash it (ever), wear it in the bathtub or roll around in the ocean and sand with it, or clean your jeans by putting them in the… read more

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Jan 07, 2013

How to: Make DIY Barbershop Hot Towel At Home

created at: 01/07/2013

A classic, quality barbershop shave always includes a "hot towel," which goes on your face prior to the shaving. The experience is not only relaxing, but the heat and moisture from the hot towel serve to open your pores and soften your beard, so you can get even closer with the razor. Plus, it's all kinds of old school fun, and you can easily recreate the effect at… read more

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Dec 18, 2012

Video: A Delightful History of the Animated GIF, in 2 Minutes

The Atlantic blog offers this tribute to the animated GIF - the once maligned but now embraced moving "still" photo. Last week, there was an entire festival dedicated to the GIF as "high art." 

This two-minute video was produced in conjunction with the festival. It "chronicles the graphic interchange format’s journey from the late 1980s through the dot com bubble up to today’s multi-platform media world -- in claymation. Not only did the GIF pave the way for future digital art memes, but even the savviest of media creators cannot decide whether to pronounce it with a hard or soft ‘g’."

The answer? "Inventor Steve Whilhite… read more

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Dec 17, 2012

Video: Wakeboarding Through a Cranberry Bog

Along with egg nog and fruitcake, cranberries are amoung the most divisive holiday foodstuffs. Those who like 'em like 'em, and those who don't will likely not change their mind.

But nobody not nobody won't dig on this mesmerizing video of professional wakeboarders Ben Horan and Brian Grubb being pulled through the flooded bogs of Wisconsin, filmed in all its high-speed, colorful wavemaking, undulating goodness.   

A crew from RedBull visited "[traveled] to Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin, for one of the most aesthetically pleasing wakeskating sessions you will ever see. Watch what happens when some of the world's best… read more

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Dec 04, 2012

The Process: Crafting Handmade Wooden Eyeglass Frames

created at: 05/28/2013

created at: 12/04/2012

Indianapolis-based artist and maker Peter Boerger hand crafts these amazing wooden eyeglass frames from scratch using basic hand and woodworking tools - no laser cutters or CNC routers… read more

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Nov 29, 2012

How Bryan Nash Gill Makes His Amazing Prints from Cross-Sections of Fallen Trees

created at: 05/28/2013

If you've been around the design and craft blogosphere in the last five years, you've probably seen Bryan Nash Gill's "Woodcut" series, where the artist makes large-scale relief prints from crosscut sections of actual tree trunks and limbs.

Gill is about to release his first book… read more

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Nov 28, 2012

How To: The Trick to Perfect Stovetop Popcorn [Video]

Hands down, stovetop popcorn is my favorite make-at-home snack. It's relatively healthy (whole grains, right?!), can be diverse and customizable, and I simply never don't want some. I've become a proponent of the pop-in-a-stainless-steel bowl method, but after discovering this tips from our buddies at America's Test Kitchen, I might be… read more

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